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Life in Every Breath

Japan hakuiki hitotsu nimo seimei ga yadori
Life in Every Breath

This means, "life in every breath" in Japanese.

This phrase is more like "every single breath as you live and dwell."

The characters breakdown this way:
吐く息 (hakuiki) to breathe; exhaled air; one's breath; breathing.
一つ (hitotsu) one; only; just.
にも (nimo) also; too; as well; even.
生命 (seimei) life; existence; living.
が (ga) particle.
宿り (yadori) to lodge; to dwell; lodging; abode; shelter.

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Life in Every Breath

China shēng huó zhōng de měi yī cì hū xī
Life in Every Breath

This means, "life in every breath" in Chinese.

This phrase is more like "every breath in life," as if it's a quantity of breaths that makes up your life.

There are many ways to understand this phrase in English, so this is one of a few ways it could be translated into Chinese. If you're looking for a different meaning, post a on the Chinese Calligraphy Question Forum.


China hū xī
Japan ko kyuu

This breathe, breathing or breath in Chinese characters, old Korean Hanja and Japanese Kanji.

These two characters literally mean to exhale and inhale. Maybe this will remind you to, "just breathe."

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Mandarin guǐ / gui3
Taiwan kuei
Japanese miniwa みにわ
 kisaragi きさらぎ
 oniyanagi おにやなぎ
 onikatsu おにかつ
 oni おに
Chinese ghost; demon; terrible; damnable; clever; sly; crafty; sinister plot; (suffix for sb with a certain vice or addiction etc); one of the 28 constellations
Japanese (1) oni; ogre; demon; (2) spirit of a deceased person; (3) (astron) Chinese "ghost" constellation (one of the 28 mansions); (1) oni; ogre; demon; (2) spirit of a deceased person; (3) ogre-like person (i.e. fierce, relentless, merciless, etc.); (4) it (in a game of tag, hide-and-seek, etc.); (prefix) (5) (slang) very; extremely; super-; (surname) Miniwa; (surname) Kisaragi; (surname) Oniyanagi; (personal name) Onikatsu; (surname) Oni
preta 薜荔多, departed, dead; a disembodied spirit, dead person, ghost; a demon, evil being; especially a 餓鬼 hungry ghost. They are of many kinds. The Fan-i ming i classifies them as poor, medium, and rich; each again thrice subdivided: (1) (a) with mouths like burning torches; (b) throats no bigger than needles; (c) vile breath, disgusting to themselves; (2) (a) needle-haired, self-piercing; (b) hair sharp and stinking; (c) having great wens on whose pus they must feed. (3) (a) living on the remains of sacrifices; (b) on leavings in general; (c) powerful ones, yakṣas, rākṣasas, piśācas, etc. All belong to the realm of Yama, whence they are sent everywhere, consequently are ubiquitous in every house, lane, market, mound, stream, tree, etc.
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Mandarin hū xī / hu1 xi1
Taiwan hu hsi
Japanese kokyuu / kokyu こきゅう
Chinese to breathe
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) (1) breath; respiration; (2) knack; trick; secret (of doing something)
Exhale and inhale; to exhale and inhale
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Japanese yo
Japanese (particle) (1) indicates certainty, emphasis, contempt, request, etc.; (2) used when calling out to someone; (3) used to catch one's breath or get someone's attention; (interjection) (4) yo!

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Mandarin kǎo / kao3
Taiwan k`ao / kao
Chinese "breath" or "sigh" component in Chinese characters

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Mandarin píng // bǐng // bīng / ping2 // bing3 // bing1
Taiwan p`ing // ping / ping // ping
Japanese hei / he へい
Chinese (standing) screen; to get rid of; to put aside; to reject; to keep control; to hold (one's breath); see 屏營|屏营[bing1 ying2]
Japanese (1) wall; (2) fence; (surname) Hei
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin ā / a1
Taiwan a
Japanese shikari しかり
Chinese expel breath; my goodness; variant of 啊[a1]
Japanese scolding
he, ko. Breathe out, yawn, scold; ha, laughter; used for 訶 and 阿; to criticize

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Mandarin/ hu1
Taiwan hu
Japanese ko
Chinese to call; to cry; to shout; to breath out; to exhale
Japanese (surname) Ko
Call; breathe out.

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Mandarin/ xi1
Taiwan hsi
Japanese yasumu やすむ
 yasu やす
 iki いき
Chinese breath; news; interest (on an investment or loan); to cease; to stop; to rest; Taiwan pr. [xi2]
Japanese (1) son; (2) (vulgar) penis; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) son; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) breath; breathing; (2) tone; mood; (1) breath; breathing; (2) tone; mood; (personal name) Yasumu; (given name) Yasu; (surname, female given name) Iki
To breathe; breath; rest, stop, settle, cease; produce, interest; to calm down

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Mandarin biē / bie1
Taiwan pieh
Chinese to choke; to stifle; to restrain; to hold back; to hold in (urine); to hold (one's breath)

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Mandarin/ qi4
Taiwan ch`i / chi
Chinese variant of 氣|气[qi4], breath; air; steam; gas; weather; used in Taoist charms

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Japanese fuu / fu ふう
Japanese (adv,adv-to) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) huffing and puffing; gasping; with a deep breath; (female given name) Fuu

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Mandarin yī xī / yi1 xi1
Taiwan i hsi
Japanese hitoiki ひといき
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) one breath; pause; rest; (2) one go (i.e. in a short time); (3) small amount of effort
A breath, i.e. inspiration-cum-expiration; a rest, or cessation; a breath

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Mandarin rén jīng / ren2 jing1
Taiwan jen ching
Chinese sophisticate; man with extensive experience; child prodigy; Wunderkind (i.e. brilliant child); spirit within a person (i.e. blood and essential breath 血氣|血气 of TCM)

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Mandarin wǔ xīn / wu3 xin1
Taiwan wu hsin
Japanese goshin ごしん
Chinese see 五葷|五荤[wu3 hun1]
Japanese five pungent roots (in Buddhism or Taoism)
The five forbidden pungent roots, 五葷 garlic, three kinds of onions, and leeks; if eaten raw they are said to cause irritability of temper, and if eaten cooked, to act as an aphrodisiac; moreover, the breath of the eater, if reading the sutras, will drive away the good spirits; five pungent roots

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Mandarin rén dān / ren2 dan1
Taiwan jen tan
Japanese nitan にたん
Chinese Jintan mouth refresher lozenge, produced by Morishita Jintan company from 1905
Japanese Jintan (brand-name breath mint marketed as having various medicinal properties); refreshing candies resembling BBs or metallic dragees; (surname, female given name) Nitan



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Mandarin xiān qì / xian1 qi4
Taiwan hsien ch`i / hsien chi
Chinese magic breath

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Japanese kouki / koki こうき
Japanese bad breath; intimation

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Mandarin kǒu chòu / kou3 chou4
Taiwan k`ou ch`ou / kou chou
Japanese koushuu / koshu こうしゅう
Chinese bad breath; halitosis
Japanese bad breath; halitosis

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Mandarin xū xū / xu1 xu1
Taiwan hsü hsü
Chinese to pant; to gasp for breath

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Japanese toiki といき
Japanese sigh; long breath; (female given name) Toiki

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Mandarin xī qì / xi1 qi4
Taiwan hsi ch`i / hsi chi
Chinese to inhale; to draw in breath

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Japanese uirou / uiro ういろう
Japanese (1) (kana only) sweet rice jelly; (2) (kana only) Edo-period herbal medicine (used as an antitussive and a breath freshener); (s,m) Uirou

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Mandarin wàng yǔ / wang4 yu3
Taiwan wang yü
Japanese mougo / mogo もうご
Chinese to tell lies; to talk nonsense
Japanese (noun/participle) lie; falsehood
The commandment against lying. either as slander, or false boasting, or deception; for this the 智度論 gives ten evil results on reincarnation: (1) stinking breath; (2) good spirits avoid him, as also do men; (3) none believes him even when telling the truth; (4) wise men never admit him to their deliberations: etc; false speech

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Mandarin bǐng xī / bing3 xi1
Taiwan ping hsi
Japanese heisoku / hesoku へいそく
Chinese hold one's breath
Japanese (noun/participle) bated breath; being cowed into silence

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Mandarin bǐng qì / bing3 qi4
Taiwan ping ch`i / ping chi
Chinese to hold one's breath

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Mandarin wēi fēng / wei1 feng1
Taiwan wei feng
Japanese soyokaze そよかぜ
 soyoka そよか
Chinese breeze; light wind
Japanese gentle breeze; soft wind; breath of air; zephyr; (surname) Soyokaze; (female given name) Soyoka
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin chuǎn xī / chuan3 xi1
Taiwan ch`uan hsi / chuan hsi
Japanese zensoku ぜんそく
Chinese to gasp for breath; to take a breather
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) asthma; phthisis

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Japanese ibuki いぶき
Japanese (1) breath; (2) sign (of something new and fresh); breath (metaphor); (female given name) Ibuki

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Mandarin huàn qì / huan4 qi4
Taiwan huan ch`i / huan chi
Chinese to take a breath (in swimming); to ventilate

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Mandarin yù qì / yu4 qi4
Taiwan yü ch`i / yü chi
Japanese yokuke
Desire-breath, passion-influence, the spirit or influence of desire, lust; desire energy

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Search for Breath in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Life in Every Breath 吐く息一つにも生命が宿りhakuiki hitotsu nimo seimei ga yadori
Life in Every Breath 生活中的每一次呼吸shēng huó zhōng de měi yī cì hū xī
sheng1 huo2 zhong1 de mei3 yi1 ci4 hu1 xi1
sheng huo zhong de mei yi ci hu xi
sheng huo chung te mei i tz`u hu hsi
sheng huo chung te mei i tzu hu hsi
Breathe 呼吸ko kyuu / kokyuu / ko kyu / kokyuhū xī / hu1 xi1 / hu xi / huxi hu hsi / huhsi

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